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The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia's hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City's Forces of Nature and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both ensembles are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Forces of Nature
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.
This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.
Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.
This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.